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Recent Thesis Topics


  • "Targeting Protease-Activated Receptors to Control Astroglial Physiology," Maja Radulovic, Ph.D. (Mentor: Isobel A. Scarisbrick, Ph.D.)


  • "Phospholipase C and Beta-Arrestin-Mediated Mechanisms of CXCR4 Regulation in Immune and Neuronal Cell Types," Ian C. Clift, Ph.D. (Mentor: Karen E. Hedin, Ph.D.)
  • "Mechanisms of Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption in Neurological Disease," Holly L. Johnson, Ph.D. (Mentor: Aaron J. Johnson, Ph.D.)


  • "Molecular Mechanisms of Clinicopathological Spectrum Disorder FTLD/ALS," Peter E.A. Ash, Ph.D. (Mentor: Leonard Petrucelli, Ph.D.)
  • "Detection and Quantification of Ictal and Interictal EEG Activity in a Mouse Model of Epileptogenesis," Rachel A. Bergstrom, Ph.D. (Mentor: Charles L. Howe, Ph.D.)
  • "Novel Protease-Activated Receptor-Mediated Mechanisms of Oligodendrocyte Pathophysiology," Joshua E. Burda, Ph.D. (Mentor: Isobel A. Scarisbrick, Ph.D.)
  • "Neuronal Sensitivity to TDP-43 Expression: Insight from an Inducible TDP-43 Mouse Model," Ashley D. Cannon, Ph.D. (Mentor: Dennis W. Dickson, M.D.)
  • "An Investigation of the Neurotrophic Functions of Progranulin," Jennifer M. Gass, Ph.D. (Mentor: Leonard Petrucelli, Ph.D.)
  • "Epigenetic Mechanisms Involved in NGF-Induced Neuronal Cell Differentiation," Seungmae Seo, Ph.D. (Mentor: Raul A. Urrutia, M.D.)


  • "The Heterogeneity of Lewy Body Disease: Evidence from Pathologic and Clinical Correlates," Brittany N. Dugger, Ph.D. (Mentor: Dennis W. Dickson, M.D.)
  • "The Role of PI(3,4,5)P3 During Axonal Growth Cone Chemotaxis," Steven J. Henle, Ph.D. (Mentor: John R. Henley, Ph.D.)


  • "Multidisciplinary Study of the Spinal Cord Axonal Integrity in a Murine Viral Model of Multiple Sclerosis," Aleksandar Denic, M.D., Ph.D.
  • "Magnetic Resonance Elastography of the Brain in Alzheimer's Disease," Matthew Murphy, Ph.D. (Mentor: Joel P. Felmlee, Ph.D.)

Other past topics

  • "Dynamin 2 as a Regulator of Growth Cone Dynamics in Neuronal Network Formation," Svetlana Kurklinsky, Ph.D.; mentor: Mark A. McNiven, Ph.D.
  • "Cerebral White Matter Hyperintensities: A Synthesis of Their Clinico-Radiologic and Neuropathologic Correlates in the Non-Demented Elderly," Melissa E. Murray, Ph.D.; mentor: Dennis W. Dickson, M.D.
  • "Endocytic Regulation of Substrate Adhesion in the Steering of Nerve Growth Cones," Jacob H. Hines, Ph.D.; mentor: John R. Henley, Ph.D.
  • "Endocytic Regulation of STAT3 Signal Transduction," Christopher L. German, Ph.D.
  • "Enhancing Glioblastoma Response to Genotoxic Therapy by Small Molecule Inhibition of p53," Eduard Dinca, Ph.D.
  • "Molecular Mechanisms of Platinum Drug-Induced Neuropathic Pain," Lauren Ta, Ph.D.
  • "Mechanisms of Kallikrein Signaling in the CNS," Alexandar Vandell, Ph.D.; mentor: Isobel A. Scarisbrick, Ph.D.
  • April 3, 2015
  • ART117534